Warner Calls for U.S. Win in Iraq

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Warner Calls for U.S. Win in Iraq


Byline: Christina Bellantoni, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat who is expected to seek the presidency in 2008, said yesterday that the U.S. must "finish the job" in Iraq and that he doesn't think the U.S. can set an "arbitrary" deadline for withdrawing troops.

"My view is that we need to finish the job, and I hope the president will lay out those milestones," Mr. Warner told The Washington Times when asked whether he thinks the U.S. can win the war.

The governor's response comes a day after Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said thinking that the U.S. can achieve victory in Iraq is wrong.

Last night, Mr. Warner spoke at a gala where he kicked off Forward Together PAC, a leadership political action committee he formed in the summer to explore his future options.

Mr. Warner did not announce that he was running for president, but to the nearly 1,000 supporters chanting "'08, '08," he didn't need to.

The soiree, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, raised $2.5 million, beating all previous Virginia fundraisers, including the one hosted by President Bush in July for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore.

During his speech last night, Mr. Warner, 50, spoke often of national and international issues, He said the nation faces "enormous challenges," including the war, the aftermath of September 11 and Hurricane Katrina.

He said those challenges cannot be solved by Democrats or Republicans, but only by "Americans coming together, rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. …

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